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June 22nd, 2011
11:08 AM ET

In Depth: New York City campaign to combat human trafficking

As a part of the "CNN Freedom Project," American Morning takes a look at human trafficking happening in New York City.

This morning, Deputy Mayor of NYC Carol Robles-Roman joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello to talk about the city's "Let's Call and End to Human Trafficking" multi-media campaign.

Robles-Roman is spearheading the project, which aims to spread awareness of human trafficking in NYC and features a public service announcement from Academy Award winner Emma Thompson.

Filed under: In Depth
June 22nd, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Senator Joe Manchin: 'I don't think we can build a nation in Afghanistan'

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin got into a heated exchange with Senator John McCain yesterday on the Senate floor over troop withdrawal plans in Afghanistan.

Manchin took the floor to show support for a hefty troop pullout given the nation's fiscal constraints. McCain subsequently challenged Manchin's opinion by questioning his credentials on the issue.

Senator Manchin joins Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss his opinion on the troop withdrawal and the future of US involvement in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Politics
June 22nd, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Jon Huntsman: 'We can do better than one hundred thousand fairly expensive boots on the ground'

Republican Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and former US Ambassador to China, announced yesterday that he is running for President.

Although Time magazine calls him "the Republican that Democrats fear the most," Huntsman is still relatively unknown by most Americans.

Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello find out more about the candidate and his status as a "quiet, no drama conservative" on American Morning today. Huntsman discusses his opinions on Obama, the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and same sex marriage this morning.

Filed under: GOP • Politics
June 22nd, 2011
10:29 AM ET

President Obama expected to announce Afghan troop drawdown, but is it too soon?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver a highly anticipated speech on the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. He is expected to announce that 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official said.

Obama has been mulling how many troops should be withdrawn this summer and by the end of the year. The President is expected to stress the importance of preserving flexibility in force levels on the ground so commanders can adjust as conditions warrant, the official said.

Though many critics have said it's long past time to get out of Afghanistan, others say it's too soon to leave. This morning on American Morning, CNN's Barbara Starr and fmr. National Security Council Member Brett McGurk preview President Obama's Afghanistan speech and examine the pros and cons of leaving the country.

Filed under: Afghanistan • President Barack Obama
June 22nd, 2011
09:50 AM ET

Sen. DeMint: Budget debate 'deadly serious'

Today, a coalition of conservative lawmakers and groups will raise the stakes in what many call a dangerous game of chicken over the nation's debt ceiling. They'll sign a pledge opposing any bump in the government's spending limits unless three conditions – which include spending cuts – are met.

One of those lawmakers is Sen. Jim Demint from South Carolina, also a co-founder of the Senate Tea Party Caucus. On American Morning this morning, he explains why he's agreeing to this pledge, and why the budget debate is a 'deadly serious' one.

Filed under: Budget
June 22nd, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Did Casey Anthony steal the drowning story from a jailmate? Sunny Hostin explains

More twists and turns in the murder trial of Casey Anthony.

While the defense tries to discredit forensic evidence against the suspected child killer, prosecutors are pulling a surprise move - unveiling a potential new witness who served time in jail with Anthony. Prosecutors believe Anthony heard this inmate's story about how her son had drowned, and Anthony thought she could use it in her defense.

This morning on American Morning, In Session's Sunny Hostin explains this theory to Carol Costello and Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
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